A hysteroscopy is a procedure in which a doctor can view the interior of the uterus using a thin tube with a tiny camera attached. This procedure is used to diagnose and treat a variety of gynecological issues including menstrual cycles, infertility, IUDs and endometriosis.
At the office of Dr. Sherry Thomas in Agoura Hills, we can address a number of different issues with a hysteroscopy. Doctor Sherry is an expertly trained, world renowned, board certified urogynecologist who specializes in women’s health and women’s health issues. If you’re having uterine issues, contact Dr. Sherry Thomas today to schedule a consultation. We can answer any questions you have, and we can offer the most effective treatment options.
Conditions Treated with Hysteroscopy
This procedure is used for both diagnostic purposes and for treatment of certain uterine issues. Using the camera, Dr. Sherry can view the interior of the reproductive organs to determine whether there are any problems that need to be addressed. Hysteroscopy is also used to visualize the organs during procedures such as fibroid or polyp removal, cauterization of the uterine lining, or biopsy.
What the Procedure Entails
Hysteroscopy is typically done as an outpatient surgery under local anesthesia. However, if the procedure is part of a more complex surgery, general anesthesia may be required. Prior to the surgery, medication will be given to dilate the cervix. The doctor inserts the thin tube containing the camera through the vagina and into the uterus. She is then able to view the interior of the organs on a special screen, and maneuver the camera to allow investigation of potential issues. If an additional procedure is being done, the doctor can insert necessary instruments through the hysteroscope. While complications are rare, they may include bleeding, infection, and cramping. In most cases, you should be able to resume normal activity within 24 hours.
When Hysteroscopy Is Needed
Your gynecologist may order this procedure if you’ve had an abnormal Pap test, if you’re experiencing unusual bleeding apart from your regular period, or if you’ve had repeated miscarriages or are experiencing infertility.
Common conditions that are diagnosed with this procedure include Asherman’s syndrome, in which bands of scar tissue develop in the uterus; uterine septum, which is a congenital malformation of the reproductive organs; and causes of abnormal bleeding. If you have a condition that requires minor surgery, such as polyps or endometriosis, or are being tested for cervical or uterine cancer, a hysteroscopy will also be used.
If you’re concerned about having a hysteroscope, talk with Dr. Sherry. She can answer any questions you may have about this procedure. If you’re scheduled for a hysteroscopy, be sure to tell us if there is a possibility you may be pregnant, since complications can occur.